A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    A-
Worcester Polytechnic Institute is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association
Address
100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 01609
Website
From Worcester Polytechnic Institute

WPI is a research university distinguished by an innovative project-based curriculum. Renowned faculty work closely with students to convert classroom concepts to real-world impact.

Students call WPI's project-based, global approach "life-changing" in preparing them for the careers and lives they desire. At WPI, you will receive a high-caliber education fused with hands-on solving of issues in the world.

WPI's return on investment enables students to receive a strong starting salary, attend prestigious graduate schools, and to ascend to high-income brackets over their lives.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
February 1
Acceptance Rate
49%
SAT Range
1310-1480
ACT Range
27-32
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Neither required nor recommended
Accepts Common App
Yes
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Cost

Net Price
$39,011/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $24,164/ year
  • $30-48k
    $27,600/ year
  • $49-75k
    $30,662/ year
  • $76-110k
    $35,597/ year
  • $110k+
    $41,417/ year

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
83%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.36 responses
68%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.34 responses
29%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.34 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,158Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
12%
Varsity Athletes
15%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 21 responses
Report
  • Academic
    33%
  • Smart
    33%
  • Hardworking
    19%
  • Respectful
    10%
  • Male
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
97%
Poll
61%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.54 responses
Poll
70%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.61 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 27 responses
Report
  • Fast paced
    70%
  • Awesome
    11%
  • You acquire experience on numerous projects
    11%
  • Different
    7%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$77,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
85%
National
48%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
95%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.22 responses
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The campus is gorgeous and it is a small campus, which is super nice during the Winter and you don't want to walk 20 minutes to get to a class. It is not uncommon to find your dorm mates and peers collaborating on difficult homework or studying in the dorm common rooms or hallways. There is always something to do on campus, whether it is taking part in Greek life or playing a role in Student Government or our Robotics Team. It is nice to walk onto a campus where the atmosphere is kind, welcoming, and although there is a "nerdy" stereotype, which is true in a sense, but when you walk onto campus for the first time and you realize that everybody is normal (although you may find some hardcore Trekkies or Larpers here) and that everyone make have their quirk but the important shared qualities are being passionate, curious, and kind.
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WPI courses are structured in four terms; they are seven-week long, with a 10-day break between A and B Term, a month of Christmas vacation between B and C, and another 10-day break between C and D Term. While this structure makes courses very intense compared to other colleges, the fact that they last for only 7 weeks is refreshing and improves the students' quick-thinking ability. The courses are heavily based on practical work, research, public speaking, and travelling abroad. The class sizes vary, and while freshmen are often taught in big lecture rooms, they eventually develop stronger interactions with their professors, once their courses become more degree-specific. WPI is expensive, but it tends to be big on scholarships and financial aid, especially towards international students. Most freshmen live in dorms, which makes socializing easy, and then move to off-campus housing. Don't expect much from the Woo nightlife, but there are plenty of student parties throughout the year.
If you are looking to learn through multiple hands-on experiences that apply science and math to real life Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is the place for you. WPI has implemented a very unique approach to education that is very effective at preparing students for life as Engineers in the professional world. Requirements such as the Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP), and the Major Qualifying Project (MQP) are both excellent ways of letting students learn how to solve problems in an environment similar to their future career. Many other schools don’t offer these experiences, and it shows just how much WPI cares about preparing students for a successful life. As a minority it is hard to go by without noticing the obvious diversity problems. However, these problems seem non-existent because of the welcoming nature of the people on campus.